Off-Campus Release Process

Community living is centrally important to the experience of attending Saint John's University. As such, Saint John's students are required to live on campus throughout their enrollment as undergraduate students.

Disclaimer Regarding Off Campus Leases

The Department of Residential Life and Housing advises all students not to sign a lease for an off-campus rental property without receiving an official Exemption from the Residency Requirement from the Department of Residential Life and Housing. It is the responsibility of all students to adhere and follow all Institutional Policies related to the Residency Requirement. Students who sign leases with off campus landlords or property management companies without receiving an official Exemption from the Residency Requirement do so at their own risk and will still be required to fulfill all obligations related to the St. John's University's Residency Requirement. Additionally, committing to a lease agreement with an off campus rental property is not grounds for nor merits an Exemption from the Residency Requirement.


For more detailed information, including request forms, current students can visit our Intranet Website.


The Residency Requirement Exemption Committee will determine, based on specific criteria, which students may be granted an Exemption from the Residency Requirement. There are many factors that go into the committee deciding whether or not to allow a student to be released from this requirement. These factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Class standing
  • Students doing internships, clinical or student teaching a reasonable distance from Saint John's
  • Judicial incidents
  • Students whose family home is wihtin 20 miles driving of St. John's University and are planning to live at home with their guardians
  • Age (students over the age of 23 are more likely to be allowed to live off campus)
  • Students who are married or are custodial parents
  • Military service veteran status

There are some immediate criteria for denial of requests for an Exemption from the Residency Requirement. These criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Currently on academic probation
  • Currently on student conduct probation
  • Cumulative GPA lower that 2.5
  • A student within their first year at St. John's University.

Residency Requirement Exemption Committee

The Residency Requirement Exemption Committee is a partnership of several administrative departments and students. The committee is responsible for the review and the continual development of this exemption process.

Process Leadership

The Office of Residential Life and Housing is charged with implementing the residency requirement exemption process:

  • Assistant Director of Housing, Committee Chair
  • Director of Residential Life and Housing

Administrative partners

The administrative partners on the committee verify information submitted on student applications and help to determine if a student is eligible for consideration:

  • Conduct review - Assistant Dean of Students or designee
  • Academic review - Academic Advisor
  • Financial request review - Director of Student Accounts or designee
  • Medical request review - Disability Specialist
  • Faculty Resident Representative

Student Partners

The student partners help the committee to maintain transparency, help to determine if a student is eligible for consideration, and provide a voice for the student body in the continual development of this release process:

  • Resident Assistant Representative
  • SJU Senate Representative


Early September

  • Parents are notified via Saints News and the parent website
  • Off Campus Release Application goes live on the portal page
  • Announcement on the front page of the Residential Life website

Mid-Sept - Oct 14 - Weekly reminders to students

October 15 - All student requests - due date

October 25 - Denial notices will be sent to those students who do not qualify for off campus release due to either academics or previous conduct issues.

October 31 - Last date for previously denied students to submit a Residency Requirement Exemption appeal to live off-campus for the 2017-2018 academic.

November 1-14 - Elligible students will be able to form roommate groups, the Appeals committee will hear student appeals. All roommate groups need to be formed and confirmed by 11:59pm November 14, 2016.

November 15 - Student Government and Residential Life & Housing will pull groups and names out of a hat for all confirmed roommate groups and individual off campus applicants. Students will be assigned a spot on the wait list for release from the residency requirement.

November 19 - Offers will be sent to the first wave of students. Email reminders will be sent to students who have not accepted or declined the release offer.

December 8 - Acceptance/Decline of off-campus release offers are due. Students who do not respond to the offer by December 8 will have the offer rescinded and the next student on the waitlist will be offered the spot.